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Govt, TTP working on mechanism for release of each other's prisoners

07 April, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: One of the members of the Taliban negotiating committee, Professor Ibrahim, said on Sunday that the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are working on a mechanism for release of prisoners, and both sides are moving forward with full confidence.

Professor Ibrahim said that the success of talks between the government and the TTP would fulfil the dream of peace in the country. Talking to a private television channel Sunday, he said that the government and Taliban liaison committees' members would be leaving for North Waziristan to hold talks with the Taliban political shura in two or three days. He said that the talks proceeding ahead with confidence-building measures and the dream for peace would be fulfilled with the success of talks.

Referring to the upcoming meeting with the Taliban, he said the venue of talks will be decided within next two days. According to sources decision has been taken to form a special committee and design a mechanism for the release of prisoners. The committee will check the list of prisoners and would forward its recommendations after reviewing the crime, if committed, of each prisoner.

Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced that 12-13 more Taliban prisoners will be released, and the total number of released prisoners before the upcoming meeting between the government and Taliban representatives would reach 30. He said that the Taliban will also have to release non-combatant prisoners, including former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's son. Addressing media after negotiation committees' meeting at the Punjab House, he said that it is difficult to bring peace, saying that conducting military operations is no big deal.

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